There’s no doubt about it. Exeter is the place to be this summer. Our thrilling outdoor activities, delicious food and drink, green open spaces and indoor attractions make Exeter the ultimate city break. So what are you waiting for? Grab your suitcases, sunglasses and sun cream – it’s time to experience summer in the city…

Visit Princesshay’s Mojito Beach Bar

Have you officially shopped ‘til you dropped? Stop by Princesshay’s Mojito Beach Bar, also known as ‘Princessbay’. Soak up the sun on the sun loungers, sit at the bar with a fruity cocktail and enjoy live music as you dip your toes in the sand – yes, real sand! Don’t forget to book your space to avoid disappointment.

Hire a paddleboard, canoe or kayak and explore Exeter Canal

If you’re looking to experience the Exeter way of life, look no further than hiring a canoe, paddleboard or kayak from one of our local businesses on Exeter Quay. Fasten your lifejacket and test your skills on the water - don’t forget to pack a change of clothes just in case!

Equipment hire is available at the following businesses:

Dance to your favourite music at Jazz on the Quay

Get your dancing shoes on and head to Exeter Quay, for an afternoon full of jazz music with the toe-tapping Jazz on the Quay events this summer. Just imagine you’re listening to the mesmerising sounds of saxophones and trumpets whilst the sun is shining over Exeter Quay – pure bliss!

Relax with live music and local food and drink at Guildfest

Have you heard? Exeter’s very first rooftop market festival is arriving in Exeter on Saturday 7th August. Guildhall Shopping Centre’s rooftop car park will be transformed into Guildfest, a two-day festival celebrating our city’s incredible local food, drink and musical talents. Did we mention entry into the festival is free? Click here to get your hands on one of the hottest tickets in town.

Experience local flavours and follow the Exeter Food and Drink Trail

It’s no secret that Exeter is the foodie capital of the South West. Our stunning countryside and coastline nearby mean that our city is full of delicious produce, waiting for you to dig into. Download and follow our Exeter Food and Drink Trail and indulge in mouth-watering dishes, cooked up by our fantastic local restaurants and cafés.

Wander the paths along Exeter Quay

Exeter Quay is one of our most popular areas in the city loved by residents and visitors alike, whatever the weather. Packed with independent bars, restaurants, cafés and shops nestled in brick-arched cellars – Exeter Quay will soon become one of your favourite spots!

Discover your adventurous side at Nature Valley’s Gone Wild Festival

Set up camp within Powderham Castle’s stunning grounds and attend Nature Valley’s Gone Wild Festival - the ultimate action-packed, family festival co-designed by Bear Grylls himself. By day, challenge yourself with exciting outdoor activities, then tuck into scrumptious food and dance the night away with live music when the stars start to shine. Headliners include Kaiser Chiefs, Razorlight and the Ministry of Sound Orchestra! Don’t miss out on Exeter’s wildest festival yet – find out how to purchase your tickets here.


A trip to Exeter would be incomplete without a visit to our fascinating and award-winning indoor attractions. Travel back in time as you explore Exeter’s past, set yourself a new challenge or sit back and enjoy a music or theatre event at venues across the city. Check out our #ExploreIndoors page and lose yourself in our addictive history, heritage and culture.

Join an Exeter Red Coat Guided Tour

Get your walking shoes on and embark on a FREE Exeter Red Coat Guided Tour in the sunshine, the perfect way to discover Exeter’s turbulent history and spot our beautiful architecture along the way. Interested in all things supernatural? Book a Ghosts and Legends tour. Interested in how Exeter looked during Tudor times? Book the Tudor Exeter tour. The Exeter Red Coats cover it all, take a look at the schedule here.

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That’s just an introduction on all the excitement in our city this summer – visit our ‘Summer in the Exeter’ page and let us inspire you.


AS Watersports
Internal of AS Watersports

A S Watersports are the south west's premier canoe, kayak, sit on top and fishing kayak retailers. Over 30 years of experience means our friendly expert staff can give you the best advice.

Saddles and Paddles
Boating and Canoeing
Saddles  Paddles

Bike and canoe hire from Exeter's historic quayside. Explore the old canal trail. Seven miles of flat, traffic free cycling in beautiful countryside. The canoes are great fun and easy to use for exploring this beautiful waterway.

Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre
View from across the Quay at Haven Banks

Outdoor activity centre. Sailing, windsurfing, caving, climbing and orienteering, raft building, canoeing. Overnight camps and residential visits.

Jazz on the Quay
Jazz On the Quay

The Exeter Canal & Quay Trust, in conjunction with Exeter City Council, is delighted to present Jazz on the Quay, a fun, FREE afternoon of music starting on Sunday 25 June and then every Sunday during July until the 27 August (apart from the 30 July).

The Guildhall Shopping Centre
Outdoor Market
The Guildhall Shopping Centre - high street entrance

Guildhall Shopping & Dining is Exeter City Centre's largest concentration of shops, eating destinations and leisure operators and even a medieval church, St Pancras Church. This quaint church in a most unlikely setting, makes Guildhall Shopping Centre the only Shopping Centre in the world to home a 12th Century Church at its heart! From fashion to food, axe throwing to spa treatments, everything you need can be found at Guildhall Shopping Centre.

Exeter Quayside
Historic Site
Monolith at Exeter Quayside. Copyright: DOminic Lowther

Exeter's Historic Quayside is the most attractive area in the city, popular with locals & visitors for its fascinating history, pubs & restaurants.

Nature Valley Gone Wild Festival at Powderham Castle
Young Adults & Teenagers
Gone Wild Festival

Nature Valley Gone Wild, the ultimate fun family festival, will return to Powderham Castle in Devon from 25th - 28th August 2022. Created in partnership with Bear Grylls, the festival promises experiences families will never forget including the chance to dance to live music including The Script, All Saints and Sophie Ellis-Bextor,  see famous explorers such as Sir Ranulph Fiennes and take part in many exciting outdoor activities.

Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours
Walking Tour
Exeter Red Coat Guided Tours

Find out more about the city’s turbulent history on a free guided walking tour with the Red Coat Guides, running daily throughout the year.



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